Howard County is located in northeastern Iowa. The County Seat is Cresco and the largest city is Cresco. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.howard-county.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 9,449 and the 2010 census population was 9,566. The land area is 473.25 square miles and there are 20.2 persons per square mile.
98.2% of the population is White, 0.5% is Black or African American, 1.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.9% is two or more races. 87.1% have a high school degree or higher, and 11.6% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $91,800, there are 3,884 households, an average of 2.39 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,286, the median household income is $46,429, and 11.6% of the persons in Howard County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,115. Retail sales (in $1000) were $83,186, and sales per capita were $8,789.
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